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IslandFunder offers more local crowdfunding

October 26th, 2013 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Business, Hawaii, Technology, The Web

Last night brought the official launch of IslandFunder, a crowdfunding startup focused specifically on Hawaii projects. The gala event, at Five-O Bar and Lounge in Waikiki, featured Jason Alan, Jahlivity, and Rebel Souljahz. But while it was the coming-out party for the startup, the site already has funding campaigns underway: a catering company, a skateboard […]

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Juicies Second Act a Hit on Kickstarter

October 21st, 2013 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Technology, The Web

One of Hawaii’s earliest Kickstarter projects is back with a vengeance. Juicies+ is the follow-up to Juicies, a set of colored smartphone charging cables launched in 2011. And while that first project hit a few bumps in the road, the numbers for the sequel show solid confidence that founder Laurens Laudowicz will deliver. With 10 days […]

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Social Media and News

June 6th, 2013 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Media, The Web, Video

Last week I was honored to be a part of a panel discussion that explored the news business in the era of social media. The venue was the weekly live roundtable program “Insights” on PBS Hawaii, hosted by Dan Boylan (who is also a political columnist for MidWeek). My fellow panelists were Mark Platte, news director […]

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Local Teams Launching Lasso, Startups at SXSW

March 8th, 2013 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Technology, The Web

The South by Southwest (SXSW) festival is now underway in Austin, Texas, starting with SXSW Interactive, which draws thousands of startups and entrepreneurs hoping to make connections or launch the next big thing. And as usual, there are creative and talented people from Hawaii in the mix. This year, Chad Podoski and Jason Skicewicz are at SXSW […]

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‘Catching Fire’ Filming in Hawaii

November 27th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Media, Pop Culture, The Web

Production on ‘Catching Fire,’ the sequel to the ‘Hunger Games‘ movie, has moved to Hawaii. While shooting started in Atlanta in September, it’s expected to wrap here in the islands before the end of the year. The first film, based on the bestselling novel, has grossed over $400 million since its release in March, so anticipation is […]

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Local Popsicles, Sauces Launched on Kickstarter

November 25th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Food, The Web

Kathy Sills, the culinary artist behind the former Mission Houses Museum Cafe & Tea Parlor, says the Aloha Ice Cream Tricycle came to her in a dream. And she, her custom-made tricycle, and her handmade popsicles have become a fixture around town ever since her debut at “Eat the Street” last July. She even became […]

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Google Goes Underwater

September 26th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · 5 Comments · Technology, The Web

Google announced yesterday the first underwater imagery in Google Maps. And among the locations you can explore are Hanauma Bay on O’ahu, and Molokini crater off Maui. Evan Rapoport, former island resident and now Google employee, wrote: “This is definitely the coolest thing you’ve seen in a long time. You can now use Street View to […]

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City Launches Open Data Portal

July 24th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Government, Technology, The Web

The new Data.Honolulu.gov site takes the city’s transparency efforts “to the next level,” expanding upon the “CAN-DO” portal it unveiled last March.

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Hacks/Hackers Hawaii

July 13th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Media, Technology, The Web, Video

When my friend and fellow geek Burt Lum suggested we start a local chapter of Hacks/Hackers, I was initially skeptical. Frankly, both of us have an unhealthy tendency to jump into the latest cool tool or group, and we’d just had a Sunlight Foundation meetup. But when I finally looked into it, I was immediately […]

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Going Back In Time on Twitter

July 9th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Social Media, Technology, The Web

When I first signed up for Twitter in November 2006, it was even harder to explain than it is today. Twitter was born as a group SMS messaging service (a side project of a now defunct podcasting company), evolved into a “microblogging” platform, and eventually grew into a social network and a major player in […]

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